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Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics?

techcrunch.com — I'm reluctant to cite what I'm about to cite. It's scathing. It's scurrilous. It's caustic criticism that seems often overblown and, in some cases, deliberately devoid of context. It's the New York Times Magazine's condensation of Nicholas Carlson's book about Marissa Mayer, and it's clearly an attempt to do to her what Hatching Twitter did to Jack Dorsey.
Dec 20, 2014

Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics? | TechCrunch ow.ly/GdLoW Scathing critique of what's wrong at Yahoo! by @ rezendi

Dec 20, 2014

Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics? tcrn.ch/1AEZ5FU via @techcrunch

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

techcrunch.com — Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

So jaded. MT @miriamgottfried: FYI: Something isn't worth $35B just because some sell-side analysts at Citi says so tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

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Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

techcrunch.com — It's been a long time coming: Blackberry's return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company?

North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn't Us

techcrunch.com — Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea's foreign ministry went as far threatening "grave consequences" and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations.

India’s E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Replenishes Its War Chest With New $700M Round

techcrunch.com — Flipkart raised $1 billion at the end of July, and less than six months later the Indian e-commerce giant is rounding of the year with a new $700 million round. The round includes money from existing investors DST Global, GIC, ICONIQ Capital and Tiger Global, and new backers Baillie Gifford, Greenoaks Capital, Steadview Capital, T.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @Techmeme: India's e-commerce giant Flipkart raises $700M, bringing its total investor money in 2014... techcrunch.com/2014/12/20/fli… techmeme.com/141220/p3#a141…

Dec 20, 2014

More weekend funding announcements — this time India’s Flipkart raised $700 million more tcrn.ch/1r9qtMb

Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

techcrunch.com — For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+ and starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won't do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes.

Facebook Launches Separate “Stickered” For Messenger App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos

techcrunch.com — Today Facebook is releasing a new app called "Stickers For Messenger" that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to a friend. "Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger.
Dec 19, 2014

Facebook's new app "Stickered" for Messenger is now available for Android play.google.com/store/apps/det… Jazz up your photos techcrunch.com/2014/12/19/fac…

Dec 19, 2014

FB "Stickered" fast-switches you to Messenger to send photos overlaid with graphics, & was inspired by an ad campaign tcrn.ch/1Am88NJ

Dec 19, 2014

FB Launches "Stickered" For Messenger App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos tcrn.ch/1Am88NJ 1st Messenger companion app

Obama Says Sony Made A Mistake In Canceling “The Interview” Release

techcrunch.com — Disagree with Sony's decision to pull The Interview from theaters? So does President Barack Obama. In a statement during a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said: "I am sympathetic to the concerns that [Sony] faced. Having said all that, yes, they made a mistake. That's not who we are.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @alexia: "I wish they’d spoken to me first" says Obama. Such an awkward situation for Amy Pascal techcrunch.com/2014/12/19/oba…

Dec 19, 2014

"I wish they’d spoken to me first" says Obama. Such an awkward situation for Amy Pascal techcrunch.com/2014/12/19/oba…

Dec 19, 2014

Obama Says Sony Made A Mistake In Canceling “The Interview” Release tcrn.ch/1AOP20W via @techcrunch

Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

techcrunch.com — Editor's Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase. As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, " potrepreneurs " are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community.

Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.”

techcrunch.com — Sony CEO Michael Lynton blamed theaters for the studio's decision to pull out from the scheduled theatrical release of the Interview this Christmas. He told CNN in an exclusive interview that Sony had no other choice after a slew of theaters decided to not show the film.
Dec 19, 2014

@FinestSquad plan to address the individuals who recently threatened innocent moviegoers? techcrunch.com/2014/12/19/son…

Dec 19, 2014

Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.” tcrn.ch/1DSsfXS via @techcrunch

Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

techcrunch.com — Canonical's stripped down " Snappy " edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon's AWS cloud computing platform. If you've followed along over the last few weeks, that's not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google's Compute Engine platform earlier this week.

Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts

techcrunch.com — Milliseconds make a difference when it comes to chat. The less lag, the more it feels like being in the same room. But with texting, we lost the cues like nods and "mmhmm"s that tell you someone heard what you said.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger shows its new speed with FacePile read receipts tcrn.ch/1sGJAZn

Dec 19, 2014

Facebook just rolled out a big speed boost to Messenger, plus animated "sending/sent/delivered/read" receipts tcrn.ch/1v0WzVK

Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

techcrunch.com — "2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality" says investor Mike . But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @dragoninnovate: Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse | TechCrunch ow.ly/GaYVT

Dec 19, 2014

VR is a fragmented and startups need to cooperate, so Rothenberg Ventures just opened a VR accelerator tcrn.ch/1zcySBp tip @Techmeme

Dec 19, 2014

Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse tcrn.ch/1zcySBp A YC for VR. Smart

Crunchweek: Fallout From The Sony Hack

techcrunch.com — Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI's confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House...there has been so much coming out of the Sony breach that this week we felt it necessary to devote our entire show to discussing everything that has happened.
Dec 19, 2014

Crunchweek: Fallout From The Sony Hack tcrn.ch/1z4SGl6 via @techcrunch

Exclusive: The Helio Ocean 3 that could have been

techcrunch.com — Yesterday was a sad day for me, albeit one that was a long time coming. Yesterday, Helio, a wireless MVNO co-operated by EarthLink and South Korea's SK Telecom, let out its final death cry. As I predicted in March, Virgin Mobile, who had acquired the failing company just two years prior, was pulling the plug on the post-paid side of their service that Helio had become.
Dec 19, 2014

@yoamopkmn no luck on those ringtones. Will ask some helio friends. Re: ocean 3 techcrunch.com/2010/05/26/exc…

After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War

techcrunch.com — The battle between Sony and what the FBI believes are North Korean hackers may be at its end, but the war for the security of the enterprise is just getting started. Companies have been rapidly transitioning their legacy systems to modern IT technology like cloud services, hoping to save money and improve performance in an increasingly competitive world.

Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

techcrunch.com — Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC's Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple's own stated standards for its partners.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Apple responds to BBC Panorama’s portrayal of supplier conditions tcrn.ch/1sHlVrZ

Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers

techcrunch.com — Reddit, the world's favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to the site's readers using a lottery method. The 950,000 notes will be given away at random to folks who have been on the site before 9/30/14 and will be given out next fall.

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

techcrunch.com — Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the "anonymous social" category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and Snapchat and others in order to introduce new features like location-based posts, and disappearing private messages.
Dec 19, 2014

Except that teens are flocking to them, and *not* using Facebook -> Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking tcrn.ch/13hokTg

Dec 18, 2014

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them: ift.tt/1C4vRUG